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No Tonsils, No Peace: Obama’s Delusional and Dangerous Health Care Plan

July 23, 2009

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As I sat down on the couch to take a quick breather after an exhaustive morning of protecting my only child from rampaging, evil profiteering Tonsil Reapers (TM Thingie), I thought to myself that perhaps I should organize a march on Washington, DC. “No Tonsils, No Peace!”. Then, I realized that was stupid and decided instead to put my powers to work and come up with a common sense solution to President Obama’s delusional Health Care (term used loosely) plan.

You see, I’m pretty sure I’m magic. Not only have I escaped victimization at the hands of nefarious Doctors desperate to sink their clutches into my apparently rare and invaluable tonsils, but I have also managed to escape falling prey to their counterpart, the evil Mortgage Reaper. As such, I think I’m qualified to come up with a solution. Granted, I know I’m just a simple Mommy and don’t have the vast experience of Community Organizing from which to draw, but still.

Firstly, I propose some new slogans. In the interest of Patriotic Dissension as well as Transparency. Plus, that whole Bush Lied, People Died seemed to have worked out well for the Left. And if history has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that we must either learn to use Roman swords against Rome itself. Or die. Literally now, it seems.

Proposed:

Obamacare: Obama’s sneaky way to “save” Social Security by getting rid of all the pesky elderly.

Obamacare: Because Obama’s own Grandma isn’t the only one he’s willing to throw under the bus!

Obamacare: “Ration”  the elderly,so that  Al Gore can cash in somehow w/some carbon-(based life form) offset scheme.

ObamaCare: Because Grandma and Grandpa have had more than their fair share of pie.

ObamaCare: Life saving surgeries for our most vulnerable citizens? Meh.

ObamaCare: Because deciding whose life is cost-effectively “worth” saving is NOT above my pay grade.

ObamaCare: Because your Grandma’s life is far less valuable than my legacy.  http://bit.ly/hL7bl

ObamaCare: Because only bitter, greedy folks “Cling” to life. Let them eat pain pills, with “dignity”!

ObamaCare: As I’ve said before, let me be clear here, we have to do this because Shut Up. And George Bush.

Grandma needs new pacemaker? Suck. It. Up.Your kid has inflamed and infected tonsils? He can totally Suck it up, too.

ObamaCare: Because This Is The Moment Your Tonsils Have Been Waiting For

Grandma wants a new pacemaker? Ration yourself away with a nice pain pill and some “dignity”, woman!

“This committee has decided that you aren’t ready to be “punished” by a baby”

All those with diseases requiring life-saving surgery? Line up to the left for your “pills”

And for any woman who still thinks “Oh, maybe ObamaCare won’t be so bad. It’s for The Children and all”.  Would you care to have an Obama-y bureaucrat deciding if your Epidural is cost-effective? I thought not.

Secondly, once we have The Folks attention with our super cool slogans (feel free to add more), we can, you know, offer actual practical plans. Based on my experience as Head Boo-Boo Kisser without insurance, it is still *gasp* possible to have Health CARE. You see, Health Care and Health Insurance are two totally different things. No one in this Country lacks access to Health Care. There are strange, new-fangled paper things called “Cash” and “checks” that doctors actually accept in exchange for services rendered!

Our problem is we are Over-insured. Having insurance cover everything factors out the individual consumer, which in turn eliminates a key component to keeping prices down: competition. While the price of nearly everything else in the medical field, covered by the ubiquitous insurance, has gone up, do you know what costs have come down? Elective, cosmetic surgeries such as breast implants (yes, fellas, those ARE elective, not necessary) liposuction and the like. The reason? They aren’t covered under most insurance policies, leaving consumers to pay out of pocket and, therefore, shop around for the best deal; the highest quality and the most affordable price. Doctors, like all smart people running a business, responded by lowering the cost of such services.

We need more Self-Pay options and we also need to stop expecting the red carpet treatment for the common cold. I do not need insurance to cover everything under the sun, I do not need a “co-pay” option so that I only pay $10 per doctor’s visit when most years I go twice a year, tops.  That option also results in the over-booking of doctors, people run to the doctor for practically everything because it “only costs $10). Thus, people who need a doctor, but can’t get an appointment, are heading to the Emergency Room instead. And more and more are closing their doors because of it.

I need and I believe what most people need, is catastrophic insurance only. However, our Government, both at the Federal and the State levels, have made that next to impossible. States mandate things that insurance companies must cover. In New Jersey, for instance, you must be covered for pregnancy, alcohol addiction, even ladies wigs for after chemo. So, a tee-totalling MAN in New Jersey must pay for coverage for things he will never, literally can not ever, use.
Jim DeMint has been pushing a bill called the Health Care Choice Act for ages and it is something that can help keep insurance costs lower for people and would result in people who only wish to have catastrophic insurance being able to make that choice. Yes, all on their own! They actually can decide what type of coverage they desire or require.  Hence, it has always been voted down, as it makes far too much sense and implies that people don’t need the Government to make choices for them.

Another problem caused by too much Government interference and over-regulation is the lack of  “Retail Clinics”, which are  Nurse Practitioner run clinics.

In times of economic crisis, the ability of the free market to solve problems may come into question. But in one vital corner of the economy, a little creative capitalism is helping fill a gap.

Some States don’t allow them, to the detriment of all their citizens. We *do* have them here in South Carolina…and that is how I miraculously can pay Out Of Pocket for my very own Health Care! For the cost of $39, I can have an annual check-up, get an immunization, have a strep test or be diagnosed with a sinus infection, obtain a prescription and run to Publix for FREE antibiotics. Yes, funnily enough, we didn’t seem to need the Government to “negotiate” lower prescription costs.  Walmart and the private sector did that for us! Walmart started offering prescriptions for $4.00 and every pharmacy followed suit. Publix did one better and now offers antibiotics for Free. A lesson for you, President Obama: The free market and competition can work.

No one need slip through the cracks either (’cause I know that tired old phrase would immediately be forthcoming from the Left). Those who TRULY cannot afford even the rather low price for out of pocket paid check-ups and preventative care are covered already under Medicare/Medicaid. Everyone else just needs to make some choices…buy that Starbucks coffee every day or bring your own for 2 weeks and pay for your kid’s annual check-up. Have every cable channel under the sun every month or purchase a lower-priced Catastrophic insurance policy?

Obviously, there is more to it than the above, but that is a good place to start instead of completely overhauling 1/6 of our Economy and ceding control of our health care choices entirely to the Government.

Choices. We need them and we need to make them. What we don’t need is NO choice, but a single system run by the Government, resulting in “rationing” and the same stellar service as we receive from the DMV. Less insurance, private sector, free market/competition and personal responsibility is required. Not a committee of bureaucrats deciding who gets what medical procedure and when. Or if at all.

There! There’s a letter for you Obama, since you seem to base policy on them. Mommy made it all better. Now go sit in the corner and take a time out.

Cross-posted here

14 Comments leave one →
  1. thiscantwaite permalink
    July 23, 2009 7:30 pm

    Catastrophic insurance only? It would be hard to say if that could ever work if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s worked before.

  2. July 23, 2009 7:35 pm

    Brilliant!

  3. wtffiles permalink
    July 23, 2009 7:48 pm

    I was going to say “brilliant” but then I noticed that some selfish bastard already had. However, it’s still the word to best describe it. So, I offer another “brilliant”.

  4. jd nyc permalink
    July 25, 2009 2:38 am

    “Keep Tonsillectomies Safe and Legal!”

  5. N.O'Really permalink
    July 25, 2009 2:59 am

    Keep the government out of our children’s throats!

  6. Wsorrian permalink
    July 26, 2009 12:39 am

    “ObamaCare: As I’ve said before, let me be clear here, we have to do this because Shut Up. And George Bush.”

    Hilarious!!! I hope you don’t mind if I use that against an idiot liberal obamatron that I had the misfortune of meeting in person. It fits this person perfectly…come to think of it, it fits this entire administration and their pious devotees.

  7. Mel permalink
    July 27, 2009 8:29 am

    Great blog!

    My favorite part of Obama’s healthcare speech was …okay, what am I saying? SpeechES,
    was when he said he wanted to stop different doctors from running the same tests on the same patient.

    Um…Mr. prez, that’s called a “Second Opinion.”
    See, that’s why your poll numbers are lower than Harry Reid’s jowls.

  8. August 4, 2009 3:06 am

    You had me at: “exhaustive morning of protecting my only child from rampaging, evil profiteering Tonsil Reapers”
    Freaking hilarious!

    ::adding to the blogroll::

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 5, 2009 2:08 am

      Thank you! Very much appreciated.

  9. Erica permalink
    August 13, 2009 12:34 am

    Okay, you want government to stay out of health care. However, right now, Medicaid, which is run by the government, is what dear old granny is using. And right now, for those of us who are younger, our health decisions are already made by bureaucrats. Only difference is they’re bureaucrats in a private health care system, instead of a public one. And no one is calling out the private health care industry on their death boards (which are not even part of the actual bill, btw).

    We have to have insurance from someone because unless you’re very rich, most of us cannot afford doctors, medical procedures, drugs, etc. on our own. Either the government or private industry is going to be the middle man between you and your doctor no matter what.

    Personally, I support having more options than just one.

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve been pleased with your coverage and clinics where you live. However, not everyone in every part of the country has the same access or options. And what’s good for you may not work for other people.

    And really telling people not to buy Starbuck’s and take their kids to the doctor is a very privileged argument.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 13, 2009 6:19 pm

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve been pleased with your coverage and clinics where you live. However, not everyone in every part of the country has the same access or options. And what’s good for you may not work for other people.

      Take it up with your State, change the laws and “mandates” there. Don’t have the Federal Government force *everyone* to change because *you* aren’t happy. Like you said, what’s good for you may not work for other people. That’s why we have a thing here called Freedom. Health care isn’t a “right”. But being free to make our own choices… and being free from being punished due to other people’s choices… is.

  10. Dr. J Williams permalink
    August 13, 2009 4:27 pm

    I am an ENT doctor. Pediatricians don’t remove tonsils, ENT doctors do. Obama’s administration is concerned about incorrect information in the media yet what he said about tonsils is total ignorance. First of all, I only remove tonsils if it is indicated, and that depends on the individual situation. Allergies don’t cause tonsillitis! Second, his comment about reimbursement is ludicrous. I get paid about $100-150 to remove tonsils which takes an hour of my time for the surgery and anesthesia. I could make 3-4 times that seeing patients in my office. So financially, it would cost the healthcare system a lot less to remove the tonsils instead of having these patients return to the Pediarician or my office with recurrent tonsillitis 6 to 10 times or more a year! If you include the cost of antibiotics and the lost hours of productivity because of the parent taking time off from work, there is no comparison between the costs. Thirdly, there is a risk of the child bleeding after surgery. Even though this is rare, I still worry about this in every child I operate on. I would prefer not to remove a child’s tonsils however in certain situations I know that the health of the child would be significantly improved with their tonsils removed. I practice medicine based on what is the standard of care in this country, not on a particular reimbursement from a health insurance company that many times will take up to one year to pay me for a surgery. President Obama needs to talk to a physician and research his topic before making false statements on the airways, the same type of comments that he criticizes.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 13, 2009 6:20 pm

      Thank you, Doctor! I may use part of your comment in something today; I hope that is OK (I’ll link to your comment, won’t pull a Maureen Dowd, heh)

  11. Heywood Floyd permalink
    December 19, 2011 12:03 pm

    I must say as a Briton i don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the ‘Obamacare’ hysteria. We live in an ‘obamacare’ system, but we don’t refer to it with such a derogatory term. On the contrary, we take pride in our National Health Service (NHS). It’s really something when you walk into an A&E department with a fractured wrist/thumb, get taken care of and discharged in a few hours, with not a single penny spent. And it’s not as if we have crazy high taxes either (around 20% for a DECENT paying job). If the system was entirely privatized there’s no stopping them from charging 10x or 100x cost unless there is legislation in force to stop such activity. Our drug prices are dirt cheap, and not because the quality is poor but because we’re not being screwed by the private pharma industry. We get pretty much all drugs at an almost standard price of around £5 for a month’s supply. Can you say that about the current private healthcare system in America? How much does a month’s supply of anti-depressants cost there? Here it’s under £5 REGARDLESS of dose strength, it’s a standard set price. Oh i forgot to add, drugs are COMPLETELY FREE for the elderly. My dad is on around 15 different drugs including insulin injections and he doesn’t pay a penny for all of them.

    I must also note that WE ALSO HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH CARE for those who wish to use it, although it’s not popular for a very good reason, national health works!

    My dad has been sick for most of his life and has had 4 major open heart surgeries, the hole in the heart we’re all born with never closed in my mum’s heart so she also had open heart surgery in her late 20s. Through all of these major surgeries and minor ailements i’ve personally experienced (fractured thumb, wrist, toe and brused ribs) i don’t see how we could have been treated any better.

    If my dad was to live in America would he be able to afford 4 major surgeries on an average wage? NO CHANCE. The current system kills more people through neglect and outwright refusal to care if it’s cost the insurer more money than it’s worth because it’s entirely based on monetary gain and greed.

    My sister-in-law has become a doctor last year, she works in the accident & emergency department, her starting wage is somewhere around £25,000-26,000 ($40,000) for a junior doctor. This greatly increases with more experience and time, so it’s not like our doctors aren’t payed well.

    Let’s make a checklist of the REALITY of what national health care is from a country which has been using such a system since the end of the second world war:

    – Low taxes
    – Good, FREE care from local practitioners
    – Good, FREE care in all hospitals
    – You don’t pay a single penny for major surgeries
    – Doctors are payed well
    – ANY citizen of this great nation is CARED FOR
    – The elderly are all cared for just as much as the rest of us

    So this brings me full circle back to the confused state i’m in. WHY? Why does the average person not want this? After all, national health most benefits the average person and the average person is in the majority so i don’t understand why there’s still resistance? Is it entirely the fault of the private pharma corps and private health care insurers who pay politicians and use them as their puppets to brainwash the general public to opt out of a system that will benefit the people?

    It reminds me of the communist witch hunts of the 1950s. People now are making such a fuss over completely arbitrary matters without actually seeing how beneficial national health care is to themselves and their own families.

    There’s a reason why almost EVERY developed country in Europe and around the world has national health.

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